2017 SCBWI Hawaii Annual Conference and Workshops

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/25/2017 - 03/26/2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street - Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

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2017 SCBWI HAWAII CONFERENCE & WORKSHOPS

 

March 25 – 26, William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii at Manoa

featuring

 

ALVINA LING, VP and Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

LAUREN RILLE, Art Director at Simon & Schuster

ANDREA WELCH, Executive Editor at Beach Lane Books

TRACY SHAW, Art Director at Jimmy Patterson Books

DAVID ESTES, Author

 

Interested in writing or illustrating children books?

 

Join us for two days of inspiring keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops for children’s book authors and illustrators! Learn from experts, polish your skills, have your work critiqued by professionals, and network with others in the industry. Both days will be full of information for writers and illustrators at all levels, and just might steer you to your first or next publication. 


General Information

HOW TO REGISTER: 

Scroll down to register. Registration for critiques will close on February 10. Registration for conference and workshops will close on March 20. If you are unable to register before March 20 and would like to pay at the door, please contact hawaii@scbwi.org. For questions about registration, contact hawaii@scbwi.org.

 

DATES AND COSTS:

FRIDAY, MARCH 24: PRE-CONFERENCE NO HOST SOCIAL

Description and location coming soon. If interested, please sign up so we can get a head count.

 

~SATURDAY, MARCH 25: CONFERENCE

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $100 SCBWI Members | $140 Nonmembers

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 26: WORKSHOPS
*If you wish to attend Sunday's workshop ONLY, contact hawaii@scbwi.org

MORNING SESSIONS (Choose one only)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FOR WRITERS, Help Your Manuscript Hook an Editor with Andrea Welch: $75 SCBWI Members | $100 Nonmembers

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FOR ILLUSTRATORS, Creating the Character with Lauren Rille: $75 SCBWI Members | $100 Nonmembers

AFTERNOON SESSION

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. FOR WRITERSCrafting Your Novel’s Narrative: The basics of structure, voice, character, and plot with Alvina Ling: $75 SCBWI Members | $100 Nonmembers

 

~OPTIONAL MANUSCRIPT AND PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES 
MANUSCRIPT AND PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES ARE NOW CLOSED.

$35 SCBWI members | $45 nonmembers


 

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 CONFERENCE DETAILS:

Registration: 8:00

Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch is included.

 

KEYNOTES:

ANDREA WELCH: Ten Essential Picture Book Elements

LAUREN RILLE: The Picture Book Process
From contracts to cover approval, and everything in between, all the steps that go into making a successful picture book.

ALVINA LING: My Path to Publishing, Your Path to Publication

 

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one):

A)  FOR WRITERS: ANDREA WELCH
Ask the Editor! An Anything-Goes Q&A
Andrea will talk briefly about what Beach Lane Books is looking for and then open it up to any and all questions from the group. Questions can be about craft, publishing—anything!

B)  FOR ILLUSTRATORS: LAUREN RILLE
Getting Technical About Emotion
Tools and techniques to give your illustrations heart.

 

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one):

A)  FOR WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS: ALVINA LING & TRACY SHAW
Matchmaking: How We Match the Text with the Perfect Illustrator
Tracy and Alvina will discuss how an illustrator is chosen for a text. The process for picture books, novel covers, and interior illustrations for novels will be discussed.

B)  FOR WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS: DAVID ESTES
Marketing Your Books in the New Publishing World
Authors and illustrators are good at creating their books. But they suck at selling them! In the new publishing world, authors and illustrators, regardless of whether they are Indie, traditionally published, or a hybrid of the two, are required to market, promote and sell their own books. In this session, accountant turned fulltime author David Estes will explain in simple terms the strategies he uses for building his brand, using social media and other modern tools to his advantage, and selling enough books to keep the lights on.

 

FIRST PAGES/FIRST LOOK CRITIQUE PANEL

Our guests will share their reactions to first pages and postcards/illustrations submitted anonymously by participants. No advance sign-up is needed, and there is no extra cost. Depending upon the number of submissions, we may not have time to review them all. In order to be fair, we will have a blind drawing for pages/illustrations to be reviewed. In order to be in the drawing, you must comply with the formatting instructions:

Manuscript formatting: Bring the first page of your manuscript, double-spaced, 12-pt. type, one page only (starting at the top of page) to the registration desk. Include the title of the piece and category (picture book, middle grade, young adult) at the top. Do not include your name.

Artwork formatting: Post cards or illustrations that fit on one page (un-crowded please). No original artwork.

All submissions will be returned.

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 26 WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Workshops do not include lunch. Please bring your own bag lunch.

MORNING SESSIONS (CHOOSE ONE ONLY)

A)  WRITERS WORKSHOP: Help Your Manuscript Hook an Editor with Andrea Welch
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
We’ve all heard it’s important for a manuscript to have a hook. But what the heck is a hook, anyway? And what makes an editor fall in love with a manuscript on the very first read? With case studies, activities, and lots of conversation, this session will help you zero in on your story’s hook.

B)   ILLUSTRATORS WORKSHOP: Creating the Character with Lauren Rille
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Bring materials to sketch with, we'll break down the elements that give a character heart, grit and tons of personality.

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

C)  WRITER'S WORKSHOP: Crafting Your Novel’s Narrative: The basics of structure, voice, character, and plot with Alvina Ling
1:00 p.m.-4:00p.m.
Whether you’re just starting out, or in the revision stage of your novel, this intensive will give an overview of the four basic elements of your narrative. This workshop also aims to help you work through and brainstorm around any specific issues you’re having with your novel’s narrative. Assignment: bring an issue you’re having in your work-in-progress that deals with either structure, voice, character, or plot to discuss and talk through with the group. Optional: Read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, and When the Sea Turns to Silver by Grace Lin. 

 


OPTIONAL BOOK/PICTURE BOOK CRITIQUES

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES ARE NOW CLOSED. 

Critiques will be done by Alvina Ling, Lauren Rille, Andrea Welch, and Tracy Shaw at assigned times. Electronic submission only. Submission will be rejected if not in the correct format. We advise you to submit early, so that any issues with formatting can be corrected before the deadline. Please see From Keyboard to Printed Page for proper formatting. 

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Must be an MS Word .doc or PDF file.
  • Ten-page maximum. No artwork except for author/illustrators submitting a dummy.
  • Format: double-spaced, 12-pt. Arial or Times New Roman, one inch margins. Story begins halfway down the first page. On subsequent pages, header should contain the title of the manuscript, author’s last name, and page number, formatted to the right.
  • Use your name as the file name. Example: EricCarle.doc

DUMMY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Must be a PDF file.
  • Author/illustrators and illustrators may submit a manuscript OR dummy, but not both.
  • Use your name as the file name. Example: EricCarle.pdf

DEADLINE FOR OPTIONAL BOOK/PICTUREBOOK CRITIQUES: FEBRUARY 14, 2017. We will send you the link for the Dropbox file after you purchase your spot.

 

OPTIONAL PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES

PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES ARE NOW CLOSED.

Portfolio critiques will be done by Lauren Rille and Tracy Shaw at assigned times on Conference Day; bring portfolio to conference.

Bring your portfolio to the conference.

 


FACULTY BIOS:

ALvina LingALVINA LING
Alvina Ling is VP and Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she’s worked since 1999. She edits children's books for all ages, from picture books to young adult, and has worked with such authors and illustrators as Peter Brown, Bryan Collier, Ed Young, Grace Lin, Wendy Mass, Justina Chen, Chris Colfer, Laini Taylor, Libba Bray, Barry Lyga, Holly Black, Sherman Alexie, and Matthew Quick. She is the co-founder and former chair of the CBC Diversity Committee. She is on Twitter as @planetalvina, on Instagram as @alvinaling, and lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Venus.

 

LAUREN RILLE
20160409_D800_laurenrille_headshots7938_8x12Lauren Rille is an Art Director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Before joining S&S, Lauren was a designer at Sterling and Harcourt Children’s Books. Some books she’s designed include the most recent edition of Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, cover illustration by Debbie Ohi; Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; Scraps by Lois Ehlert; Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre; and the New York Times best-sellingBear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Lauren's debut picture book, I Feel Teal, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro, will be published in 2018 by Beach Lane Books. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for new talent.

 

Andrea Welch PhotoANDREA WELCH
Andrea Welch is the Executive Editor at Beach Lane Books, a San Diego-based imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators, including Liz Garton Scanlon, Denise Fleming, and April Pulley Sayre. Recent books she has edited include the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff, and Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Andrea acquires projects for children of all ages—especially those that are filled with heart, humor, and irresistible characters.

 

shawTRACY SHAW
Tracy Shaw is Art Director of Jimmy Patterson Books, handling all of James Patterson's children's titles from board books to YA novels. She's been at Little, Brown since 2000, and has worked with Alvina Ling for most of her professional career. She has a Bachelor degree from RISD for Illustration, loves to sew and do crafts with her kids, and her husband is also an art director at Scholastic so their home is overflowing with books.

 

DAVIDESTESDAVID ESTES
David Estes is the author of more than 20 Young Adult and Children’s science fiction and fantasy books, and has sold more than 100,000 books worldwide. His DWELLERS series won a SOVA (Society of Voice Arts) award for Best Teen Voiceover and was included on Buzzfeed’s “15 Series to Read if you Enjoyed The Hunger Games.”   Learn more about David at http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com.

 


REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Select your Conference Ticket first, then options for Pre-Conference Social, Workshop Intensives and Critiques will appear.

Questions? Contact hawaii@scbwi.og.

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